A hundred reasons to celebrate: Ethel Nicholson celebrated her 100th birthday. Picture: Jane DysonMIRANDA centenarian Ethel Nicholson credits her long life to a healthy lifestyle and the love of her big family.
The mother-of-six is a grandmother to 14 children and a great-grandmother to 18.
Affectionately known as “Nan Nich”, the matriarch of the Nicholson family celebrated on her birthday with her three youngest daughters and with her whole family at a party last Sunday.
“I am very proud of my family,” Mrs Nicholson said. “They haven’t caused me any worry and now they are so good to me.”
Mrs Nicholson and her late husband George first went to live in Sans Souci in 1961.
They purchased and ran a mixed business in Fontainebleau Street.
Following the death of her husband Mrs Nicholson moved to Carlton, where she lived happily until her failing eyesight made her relocate to Miranda Aged Care Facility.
She is visited daily by her daughter.
Of her 100th birthday Mrs Nicholson said it was unusual in her family to live for a century.
“It must be in the genes,” she said.
“I was born healthy and I have never smoked or drank alcohol, and I have always had an active life and eaten plenty of fruit and vegetables.”
She said she had been thrilled to see all her family at the party on Sunday.
“They came from all over; it was a great day.”
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